Lauren Morelli, one of the dynamic writers of Orange in the New Black, came out today in a beautiful and touching piece in PolicyMic. Morelli, who has been a delightful and funny Twitter presence since the start of OITNB last year, introduced her piece as only she could.
Morelli candidly reveals her very personal journey, which began right around the time she stepped foot in the OITNB writer’s room. A newlywed at the time, the discovery about herself and her sexuality, came at a heavy emotional cost.
She goes on to talk about the openness of the cast and crew of OITNB, which gave her the freedom to begin opening up and exploring her truth.
Morelli wrote one of the most beloved and pivotal scenes of Piper and Alex’s journey together; the “I heart you” scene in Season One. It would turn out to be an important moment of self-acceptance for the writer. She says:
While everyone’s coming out story is personal, there is a beauty in the universal connection we all share of finally knowing and living your truth. Lauren Morelli gave us all a beautiful gift by sharing her particular journey, which is complicated, heartbreaking, and yet quite hopeful. You can read the entire post at PolicyMic, which I heartily recommend.